10 Ingredients for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen

For the latest in smart tech and push-button convenience, look no further than today's kitchens. Truly modern kitchen amenities are not only technologically savvy, but also offer exceptional energy efficiency, durability, and ease of use. Here are 10 innovative products and technologies that no self-respecting 21st-century kitchen should do without.

  1. Smart Cooktops

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    What is induction cooking

    Forget cleaning around the stovetop burners. The Thermador Masterpiece Series Freedom Induction Cooktop breaks free of traditional limitations to offer the largest fully usable cooking space on the market. This sleek cooktop is equipped with a full-color touchscreen interface and state-of-the-art technology that enables it to recognize the shape of your pots and pans, heating only the surfaces you need. 


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  2. Steam Ovens

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    Steam Oven

    Steam ovens cook food with heat generated by boiling water in a built-in reservoir. These appliances are available from many manufacturers, and most today also function as convection ovens. But the steam oven's real claims to fame are its easy-to-clean interior, faster cook times, and the moist, flavorful foods it produces.


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  3. Custom Refrigeration

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    Energy Star Refrigerator

    How would you like a combination fridge, freezer, and wine cooler that fits seamlessly into your kitchen? Miele's energy-efficient MasterCool appliances do just that. It's not just their customizable widths and cabinet-depth installations that make them special. With separate compressors for each fridge and freezer section, their design eliminates flavor transfer, so your ice cubes will never taste like your leftovers.


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  4. High-Efficiency Dishwashers

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    Quiet Dishwashers

    The Bosch Benchmark dishwashers go beyond the water-saving, energy-efficient models that have long been on the market. They're virtually silent and feature touchpad controls and flexible loading—and they even project the remaining cycle time onto the floor in large, easy-to-read numbers.


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  5. One-Touch Faucets

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    Kitchen Faucet

    Messy hands in the kitchen usually make for drippy, germy faucet handles—but not with a one-touch or touchless faucet, available these days from many manufacturers, including Kohler and Moen. Cutting raw chicken or rolling out dough? No problem. The high-tech sensors in these fixtures allow you to wash up without gunking up your faucet.


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  6. Cabinet Built-Ins

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    Cabinet Design

    In today's cutting-edge kitchen, cumbersome cabinets need not apply. The future of cabinetry is replete with rollout shelves, built-in compost collectors, and blind corner accessories that leave no space wasted. And now that more new cabinets are made from recycled materials, you can feel doubly good about your next renovation. The cabinets shown here, made from reclaimed vintage oak veneer panels, make an environmentally friendly statement in the kitchen.


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  7. LED Lighting

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    Task Lighting

    Because LEDs take up so little space, they can be stylishly incorporated into undercabinet lighting, drawers, and cabinet interiors. Energy-efficient LED lighting is available in a wide array of colors and lumens—and, perhaps most important, they generate less heat than incandescent or halogen bulbs, so they help keep the cook cool.


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  8. Engineered Work Surfaces

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    Cambria Countertops

    Cambria's made-in-America engineered stone countertops combine the vibrant colors and patterns of natural quartz with tough, nonporous resins, resulting in countertops that are unmatched in their durability and resistance to scratches, stains, and germs.


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  9. Coffee from the Tap

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    TopBrewer

    There are no shortage of innovative appliances to make your next cup of coffee. But if money is no object, consider the smartphone-controlled TopBrewer. It may look like a simple, graceful faucet, but it’s actually the world's smallest milk foamer and the fastest countertop barista. With one of these on deck, you're never more than 30 seconds away from a perfect espresso—or cappuccino, or macchiato, or even hot water for tea.


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  10. Tea Time

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    Tea Kettle

    Wake up to boiling water with this Wi-Fi-enabled teakettle. Controlled by your smartphone and synchronized with your alarm clock, the iKettle will heat water and keep it warm for up to 30 minutes.


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